A self-described workaholic, Mike Salinas is used to working 18-20 hours a day, seven days a week. He and his wife, Monica, own Valley Services, a state-certified recycling facility in San Jose, California, that specializes in construction, demolition and residential waste materials. But he still finds time to escape from the pressures of work.
For Salinas, that escape happens at 330 mph in a race car on the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) circuit – a hobby he enjoys with his four daughters.
Salinas races in the Top Fuel Dragster series while one daughter is prepping to race Pro Stock Motorcycle, another daughter races an A/Fuel Dragster, and two other daughters are moving into the sport.
“We do everything together,” Salinas says. “We go on vacations together, we race together, we eat dinners, we're always together. We have a good time with each other because we're all like-minded. We have the same common goal: happiness, harmony and family.”
Salinas Scrappers Top Fuel race car is a familiar shade of orange. So when Salinas made the switch to Doosan wheel loaders for his scrap recycling business, it was a natural. He currently owns two Doosan DL300-5 wheel loaders with the guarding package and solid tires, and he’s looking to add Doosan excavators in the future.
“If (Doosan) loaders are any indication of what the excavators are gonna be, you’re gonna see nothing but orange in all of our companies,” Salinas says.