Let get some real perspective here. I have a bit on the line here as I make my living off of this so I have a lot at stake here more than just my hobby.
#1 This is not replacing Top Fuel or Funny Car. Both will remain as long as we have teams that can afford their cost. This is a bigger concern at the moment.
#2 Pro Stock is struggling as it is now. They are looking for a way to be more cost affective and able to field more teams. They are not even at all National Events now.
#3 The EV classes are more targeted at the local racers. Like it or not the future models mostly will be EV models. The auto industry has finally gotten to where they show they will be able to meet the needs of range and charge times in 10-20 years in the future if not sooner. The move to EV models will help keep the price of cars down and production of them lower as ICE development will only get more and more expensive. They are not out to save trees they are out to save their own companies.
#4 all forms of racing will begin to incorporate EV and Hybrids into their series. MFGs want it and that is what is going to be available.
#5 the old ICE vehicles will not be forgotten. As long as there are viable numbers to race they will remain in action.
#6 Beware that the EPA has for a while now tried to reinterpret the emission laws that forbid you from modifying them by removal of emissions items for racing even off road. If this ever gets back in grass roots racing has a tough future. Read up on the RPM act.
#7 The E racing will have much to learn and offer as it is just starting. It will be much like the 50's and 60's where you can buy a car and go right to the track with some tuning. Performance companies are now looking to offer performance parts as they will need to survive to. If you can't sell cams you can sell parts needed to make EV cars faster.
#8 Even Don Garlits has a EV rail that is right at 200 MPH so far and he plans to break the record with the car in the quarter mile. Even Big Daddy see's the challenge here and feels the same competitive urge as he did back in the old Top Fuel days.
I am not saying this is all going to be a racing utopia here. But there will be some some changes and some good and bad that go along with it. Also there will be some great opportunities to come with this too. Many of you will be able to have a daily driver that is faster than anything you ever owned or thought of owning.
To be honest I wish nothing had to change but with the way everything is going it will be adapt or die. Keep in mind not all the change is bad either it will just be different.
I am keeping open minded and if we can work this out to keep enough people involved our hobby will be saved no matter what powers you. As it is there is not enough of one or the other to keep racing viable at the grass roots moving forward.
Like the car collecting hobby we need to get the kids involved. An affordable EV may just do that.
As they say Thunders just a Noise While Lightning does all the Work.