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 since 2007. When not flying his hot-air 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 10th year participating in the event. Rhett placed #3 in 2016, #14 in 2013, #3 in 2012 and #12 in 2011 in the hot-air balloon competitions.