Molly Saleen Biography
D.O.B.: January 27, 1983
Resides: Orange County, CA
Molly-Anne Kelsea Saleen was born in Sacramento, CA and soon relocated with her family to Southern California during the early stages of her father’s legacy company Saleen, Inc. Along with her older brothers, Clint and Sean; she grew up in an automotive and racing environment which proved to be a unique and valuable experience for Molly. When she was old enough, she spent a lot of summers at racetracks around North America and Europe attending her father’s races and learning from the “ground up” about motorsports and marketing. From cleaning wheels, checking tire pressures and handing out posters, she developed her racing spirit. By the age of 15 she had the opportunity to experience everything from kart racing schools to Bob Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving. The first car she learned to drive was a 510 HP Saleen S351, in which she took her test for her Driver’s License. Molly knew she wanted to be a part of her father’s life as an automotive pioneer.
In the early 2000’s, Molly’s father, Steve Saleen, began development on the Saleen S7. He needed a code name prior to its release and aptly named it “The Molly Project.”
The S7 has since set the benchmark for “America’s Supercar,” both on and off the track.
After completing her Associates Degree at The University of Arizona; Molly transferred to her Dad’s Alma Mater, The University of Southern California, where she graduated with honors in 2005. She then joined her parents and brothers at Saleen, Inc.
In July of 2006 “The Saleen Store” was opened to the public. This unique retail store for Saleen products, included aftermarket parts, apparel and accessories as well as Saleen vehicles. This never before seen approach to new car sales was another creation by her father that has set a new standard for automotive retailing. Molly served as the store’s General Manager since its inception. Among other honors, the store was named by “Maxim” magazine as the #1 Automotive Store in the U.S.. Molly’s drive and determination made the store a great success and a “must see” destination for all car enthusiasts.
Determined to learn the family business from the ground up, Molly joined her father in 2007 with his SMS Supercars concept. SMS Supercars is the next phase in the Saleen legacy which allowed for a diversification across multiple American muscle platforms. The launch of the SMS Challenger in 2008, the SMS 302 Mustang in 2010, and the SMS Camaro in 2012 provided the market with a fresh take on the new muscle car era. With Molly at the helm of retail marketing, SMS Supercars has successfully implemented production on all new models, and received industry recognition with the release of its’ patented ultra efficient SMS 296 Supercharger system.
On her own time, Molly has been designing a women’s racing inspired fashion line. Slated to launch in 2012, “Molly Pop” takes its’ design cues from Molly’s automotive and racing roots and artfully integrates them into a fun and fashionable form.
When she’s not running the retail side of Saleen, or is looking for inspiration for her clothing line, Molly can be found at her local track where she is creating her own legacy on the oval. As one of the few known female drivers, Molly is preparing to run a full season in 2012.
For Molly Saleen, who has become something of a road warrior in her own right, speed, style & success seem to be an open road. ///