Family sponsor will be celebrating 75 consecutive years at the Indy 500

Indy 500 Justice Brothers
Justice Brothers

The celebration of one impressive Indy 500 streak Sunday also will mean the unfortunate end of another for Ed Justice Jr.

For 75 consecutive years, his family has been involved in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing as crew members, mechanics and (most recently) sponsors.

There will be three cars in the 104th Indy 500 (the Meyer Shank Racing entry of Jack Harvey and Dreyer & Reinbold’s cars for Sage Karam and JR Hildebrand) that will carry associate sponsorship from Justice Brothers, a distributor of oil additives, industrial lubricants and cleaners used in car care.

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But when the green flag drops, there won’t be a member of the Justice family at the Brickyard for the first time since 1946 when Justice’s uncle, Zeke, worked on winner George Robson’s car.

“I won’t be alone,” said Justice, the company’s president and CEO whose personal streak of more than 40 Indy 500s also will be snapped. “ I know a lot of people that it’s going to end their streak. But it’ll be an asterisk, that’s for sure.

Ed Justice Jr. with Bobby Unser (Justice Brothers).

“Big picture, everybody is healthy in our family. I’ve been to thousands and thousands of races in my life, and it’s not going to hurt me to miss one. Even as much as I’d love to be there and see our friends. We’re all going through a very, very interesting time, and it’s a tough time for so many. Nobody is coming out of this without a scar. You’ve got to look at the big picture. I’m just thankful that we’re healthy.”

Justice is looking forward to an Indy 500 viewing party Sunday at the family’s private automotive collection beside company headquarters in Duarte, California.

With some big-screen TVs nestled in a showroom filled with the family’s race car connections to IndyCar, drag racing, IMSA, sprint cars and NASCAR (as well as a 1955 Corvette, ’57 Thunderbird and other vintage street cars), it’ll serve as a suitable surrogate for walking the grid at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Just ahead of the balloons, the flyover and the command to start engines, mingling on the morning of race day is Justice’s favorite part of the Indy 500.

“When you walk the pit lane, it is like the crossroads of the racing world,” he said. “You’ll see anybody and everybody in the industry. It’s unbelievable how you just get to renew friendships. I’m really going to miss that.

“I was standing next to Jackie Stewart one year, and he said to his guests, ‘I’ve been all around the world, and I’ve stood in the Vatican when the Pope comes out, and this is the only thing that comes close to that type of excitement.’ ”

His family’s history in racing is filled with electric moments across virtually every major racing series in the country. The company has backed winners of the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Pikes Peak Hill Climb, as well as winners in drag racing, off road and rallycross.

It also sponsored NASCAR Hall of Famers Tim Flock, Lee Petty, Red Byron, Buck Baker, Curtis Turner and Fireball Roberts (Eddie and Len Wood recently sent Justice an autographed Dan Gurney Galaxie diecast).

Justice Brothers started its sponsorship history at the Indy 500 in 1949 with No. 69 driver Bayless Leverett (shown in the photo above). A year later, the company was on the entry of winner Johnnie Parsons with Frank Kurtis’ team.

Other drivers sponsored by the company: Jim Rathmann, the Granatelli brothers, Johnny Rutherford, A.J. Foyt, P.J. Jones, Andretti Autosport, Eddie Cheever, Steve Kinser, Buddy Rice, Buddy Lazier and Jeff Ward.

“We’ve always been involved with all the major legends at the speedway,” Justice said. “Our family is sort of like Forrest Gump. We just happened to be standing where racing history happens.”

IndyCar at Texas: How to watch, start times, TV info and live streaming, schedule


The NTT IndyCar Series will head to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for its first oval race of the season and a preview of its biggest race.

After Sunday’s PPG 375 at Texas, the next oval on the schedule is May 28 with the 107th running of the Indy 500. Chip Ganassi Racing dominated last year’s 500-miler at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after placing all four of its Dallara-Hondas in the top 10 at Texas.

The Dallara-Chevrolets of Team Penske also will be heavy favorites at Texas. Josef Newgarden passed teammate Scott McLaughlin on the final lap for the victory last year as Penske took three of the top four (with defending series champion Will Power in fourth).

Texas marks the first of five oval races for IndyCar, which also will visit Iowa Speedway and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. There are 28 drivers entered for the 36th IndyCar race at Texas, the series’ most at the track since 30 in June 2011.

Scott Dixon has a series-high five victories at Texas, mostly recently in May 2021. Helio Castroneves (four wins), Newgarden (two) and Power (two) also are multiple winners at Texas.

Here are the details and IndyCar start times for the PPG 375 race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway (all times are ET):


TV: Sunday, noon ET on NBC and streaming on Peacock, the NBC Sports App and Leigh Diffey is the announcer with analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe (whose first career IndyCar victory came at St. Petersburg 10 years ago).

Marty Snider and Dave Burns are the pit reporters. Telemundo Deportes on Universo will provide a Spanish-language telecast. Click here for the full NBC Sports schedule for IndyCar in 2023.

Peacock also will be the streaming broadcast for both practices and qualifying and Indy NXT races. (Click here for information on how to sign up for Peacock.)


GREEN FLAG: 12:15 p.m. ET

POSTRACE SHOW ON PEACOCK: After the race’s conclusion, an exclusive postrace show will air on Peacock with driver interviews, postrace analysis and the podium presentation. To watch the extended postrace show, click over to the special stream on Peacock after the race ends.

Peacock also will be the streaming broadcast for practices and qualifying.

INDYCAR RADIO NETWORK: The IndyCar and Indy Lights races and all practices and qualifying sessions will air live on network affiliates, SiriusXM 160, and the IndyCar app.

PRACTICE: Saturday sessions at 9 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (Peacock Premium), 1:45 p.m.

PRACTICE RESULTS: Session I l Session II

QUALIFYING: Saturday, 12:15 p.m. (Peacock Premium)

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the grid at Texas

RACE DISTANCE: The race is 250 laps (375 miles) on a 1.5-mile oval in Fort Worth, Texas

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Eleven primary sets to be used during practice, qualifying and the race. An extra set will be available to cars in the high-line practice session.

FORECAST: According to, it’s expected to be 67 degrees with a 71% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 28 cars entered


(All times are Eastern)

Friday, March 31

11 a.m.: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series garage opens

1 p.m.: IndyCar garage opens

3-7 p.m.: IndyCar technical inspection

5 p.m.: IndyCar drivers, team managers meeting

Saturday, April 1

6 a.m.: IndyCar garage opens

8 a.m.: Truck garage opens

9-9:10 a.m.: IndyCar two-stage pit speed limiter practice

9:10-10 a.m.: IndyCar practice (Peacock Premium)

10:30-noon a.m.: Truck practice

12:15-1:15 p.m.: IndyCar qualifying (Peacock Premium)

1:45-2:15 p.m.: IndyCar high-line practice, two groups for 15 minutes apiece (Peacock Premium)

2:30-3:30 p.m.: IndyCar final practice (Peacock Premium)

4:30 p.m.: Truck race (147 laps, 220.5 miles)

Sunday, April 2

7:30 a.m.: IndyCar garage, technical inspection open

11:30 a.m.: Driver introductions

Noon: PPG 375 at Texas (NBC)


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