This week, the Trump Administration is attempting to ban TikTok in the US; Meanwhile, TikTok joins NASCAR
Next weekend, Talladega Superspeedway hosts the NASCAR Xfinity Series. TikTok will make their NASCAR debut.
JD Motorsports with Gary Keller announced the deal on Thursday. Ryan Vargas will pilot the machine.
Vargas has already run with the team on three occasions in 2020. He ran events at Pocono Raceway, Kansas Speedway and Darlington Raceway.
TikTok was born in 2016. The popular app was developed by ByteDance Ltd, a Chinese multinational internet technology company headquartered in Beijing. It’s a government owned property.
Recently, the Trump Administration planned to ban the app from the US app stores due to privacy concerns. The company would be forced to sell off their US division, Microsoft and Oracle both showed interest.
In response, the company stated they would move all their US data to Oracle servers in the US. A sale was discussed but not followed through as a sale of the US app property would not likely be approved by the Chinese backed organization.
This remains a pending topic. The Trump Administration recently delayed the ban within app stores, by just a week. The new deadline is September 27th.
As of today, a US judge asked Trump to postpone the Sept 27th deadling or file an injunction by Friday.
Ryan Vargas comments on TikTok
The driver is a 20-year-old out of La Mirada, California. He’s a graduate of the NASCAR Next program.
“TikTok has provided me with an incredible outlet to reach new fans and demographics through fun and creative content, and I’ve seen the highest growth in followers on TikTok over my other social channels,” Ryan Vargas said.
“The opportunity to run the No. 6 TikTok Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the rest of the season is an absolute dream come true.”
He added, “Johnny Davis Motorsports took a chance on me last year and I’m excited to bring this amazing TikTok partnership their way. I wouldn’t want to make this partnership a reality anywhere else.”
As stated, the deal begins at Talladega Superspeedway. It will then continue for the remainder of the 2020 season.
TikTok on joining NASCAR
TikTok is currently the fastest-growing social media platform.
“Creators of all sizes and backgrounds show up to TikTok with their genuine, authentic selves,” said Nick Tran, TikTok’s head of global marketing .
He added, “Partnering with an iconic brand like NASCAR to sponsor Ryan Vargas on his racing journey is a way for us to continue to support, celebrate and elevate the diverse creators that make our TikTok community what it is today. Ryan is an incredible athlete, and we’re looking forward to cheering him on alongside the rest of the TikTok community.”