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Briscoe’s congrats for Rolex24-winning hubby “ignored,” but she’ll take great consolation

Racer Ryan Briscoe "snubs" SC anchor's call, but promises watch

Nicole Briscoe (Melissa Rawlins/ESPN Images)

SportsCenter anchor Nicole Briscoe was ecstatic and crying tears of joy on Sunday when her husband, professional racing driver Ryan Briscoe, won the GTLM class in the prestigious Rolex24 sports car race at Daytona International Speedway.

But Nicole, who was visiting her family in Illinois, ran into a bit of a hurdle when she tried to call Ryan after the race – he was in the Daytona media center in the middle of his news conference.

Ryan saw who was calling his phone but didn’t answer – instead, he told the media he let the call go to voicemail but that Nicole would be O.K. because the Rolex24 winners receive Rolex watches.

The media center erupted in laughter.

Since she couldn’t get through to Ryan, Nicole enlisted the help of Associated Press motorsports writer Jenna Fryer to get a message to her husband:

Fryer took it a step further later by “borrowing” Ryan’s watch:

“We had a couple of texts immediately after the race but crazy me, I wanted to go old school and actually talk to him,” said Nicole. “Plus, I’d just sat down on the plane to fly back to Connecticut.

“I didn’t think too much of it when the phone just rang through until I got an immediate tweet from Jenna. He ignored me! But rumor has it I’m getting a fancy- schmancy new watch. I’ll forgive him.”

Yeah baby!!! #Rolex24 #200wins

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The Briscoes and their two children will now be taking a vacation. She’ll be back on SportsCenter soon – maybe sporting a new watch.