Below are a few highlights of the history of the Justice family. Additional history will be added over time. For the complete story, please refer to the book LEGACY of JUSTICE which can be found in the STORE on this website.
The Justice Brothers in Glendale, California with their custom built Midget Race Car. From left: Gus Justice, Ed Justice Sr. (in car), Maureen Justice (Ed's wife) behind and Zeke Justice. This car was sold and provided the main amount of seed money to go into the oil additive business and change the family history.
When Frank Kurtis opened up Kurtis-Kraft after World War II, he went to a former employee of his at Throne Engineering, Zeke Justice, to become his first employee at Kurtis-Kraft. Zeke's brother, Ed, would also become part of the Kurtis-Kraft team when he returned from his service in the 8th Air Force in Europe.
The brothers would later become Frank's first sponsor for his Indy Car and win the 1950 Indy 500 together with Johnnie Parsons as the driver.
Indy has played a very big role in the motorsports history of the Justice family.
From their first involvement in 1946, the family has won the race twice, finished 2nd several times, qualified on the front row and led the race on several occasions. The most recent win came in 2021, when Helio Castroneves captured his fourth victory at the famed track, and returned the Justice family to Victory Lane.
You probably did not realize that the Ed’s dad and uncles, the Justice Brothers, were the first sponsors in NASCAR. They also were responsible for the first 'racing' uniforms in NASCAR, which were introduced at the first 500 mile NASCAR race in 1950. The family would also be the sole sponsors of the winner of that first race at Darlington Raceway, when Johnny Mantz pulled into Victory Lane.
With a firm foundation in the open wheel world, they quickly established important friendships after they relocated to the Southern part of the United States. Friendships with Curtis Turner, Fireball Roberts, Lee Petty, Buck Baker, Raymond Parks, Red Vogt, Smokey Yunick, Johnny Mantz, Jack Smith, the Flock Brothers and Bill France to name a few, put them in the right place at the right time.
Bill France was actually one of the Justice Brothers customers, when he owned a service station, before he started NASCAR. Zeke and Ed had originally met Bill when he was involved with Joel Thorne at the Indianapolis 500.
Starting at the legendary 12 Hours of Sebring in the late 1950's, the Justice family have been part of the sport of Road Racing and Sport Cars.
Whether it's been through the support of teams at all levels of the Road Racing world or through the operation of their own team, you'll find evidence of the families involvement over several decades.
Since the very beginning of drag racing as an organized sport, the Justice family has been there. Including being the sole sponsor on the first slingshot dragster shown above.
The family also became drag racing legend Don Garlits' first paid sponsor. Since those early days, the family has continued to be involved in the sport racking up multiple victories and championships in multiple classes along the way with the largest names in the sport.