Rhett Heartsill's father is Joe Heartsill (Texas Racer). Due to this, Rhett was born into the hot-air ballooning world. Rhett and his wife Jobi are both from San Angelo, Texas. He has been a licensed balloon pilot for 8 years and has 274 hours as pilot-in-command of a balloon. He works as a geologist.
The name of his balloon is "Texas Star", which looks very similar to his dad's balloon. This will be is 7th year participating in the event. His crew consists of his sister Kate and her husband Joel. Rhett placed #3 in 2012 and #12 in 2011 in the hot-air balloon competitions.