No NASCAR testing, but still plenty of on-track action this month

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The elimination of Daytona preseason testing for NASCAR would seem to indicate a lack of major on-track action this month. Fortunately, you’d be wrong about that.

This weekend, the action kicks off with a pair of sports car events on opposite sides of the globe.

The Roar Before the Rolex 24 test occurs at Daytona International Speedway, the first official on-track action for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship since last season’s finale at Road Atlanta. Meanwhile at the Dubai Autodrome, the Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai will take place – it has a record field of more than 90 cars.

Additionally, in Maine, this weekend’s Red Bull Frozen Rush kicks off the Red Bull Signature Series for 2015. The Monster Energy Supercross runs in Phoenix this weekend and will have further events throughout the month.

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will have its much-anticipated first official test on January 13-14 at Palm Beach International Raceway, also in Florida. There should be a strong (read, more than the entire 2014 field) entry for that, although it hasn’t been released yet. See a photo from Andretti Autosport below for their prep work:

Next weekend sees the Chili Bowl in Tulsa. More information on that is here, for the event that has more than 300 entries.

The FIA World Rally Championship kicks off with the legendary Rally Monte Carlo in Monaco from January 22-25, an event that always stirs the soul.

The same weekend, of course, is the Rolex 24 at Daytona – the continuation of the TUDOR Championship’s month to shine in January, and the unofficial kickoff to the U.S. racing season.

The Verizon IndyCar Series should have some testing as well with cars still in 2014 aero trim, before the new aero kit homologation date of January 18. The newest IndyCar testing schedule is yet to be released.

NASCAR and F1 won’t have any official on-track action, but should still have enough news to carry through the month before their seasons – racing and testing-wise – kick off in February.