Marital Status: Married to Rick Hartzell, son Jackson 
Hometown: Newton, IA 
Resides in Cedar Falls, IA

Occupation: Chiropractor, Hartzell Family Chirpractic, PLC, Waterloo, IA

Other Business Interests: Principal at Three Wide Media, LLC

Education: UNI Graduate with degrees in Psychology; minors in Biology and Chemistry; Palmer College Doctor of Chiropratic degree.

Hobbies: Spending time with family, Boxing, Running, Officiating Womens Basketball, water skiing.

Sports Backround:

·         A four sport high school athlete and letter winner, Jill was regarded as the best all-around female high school athlete in the state of Iowa . In 1997 she was the track and field Pentathlon state champion.

·         At University of Northern Iowa/UNI on a sports scholarship, Jill set records in the track and field Heptathlon as well as placing 2nd at the Drake Relays and a Missouri Valley All-Conference Performer.

·         Jill was the Iowa Golden Gloves Boxing Champion in 2003 and 2004 and has boxed nationally in Golden Gloves and USA Boxing Development competitions.

·         As a highly regarded college basketball referee working games in several Midwest conferences, Jill has been selected to work conference championships and playoff  games each year.

 

Motor Sports Background:

 

Since first getting behind the wheel of a race car on dirt in 2004 for Hartzell Racing, Jill has found the same competitive drive she enjoyed in athletics. The environment is very different and learning curve more costly at times. Learning to “woman-handle” a 2300 lb racecar on dirt against 24 or more other drivers on the track can at times be very costly in dollars and personal pain. Sometimes just “making the main event” against a field of 50 or 75 other drivers and cars can be a significant accomplishment.

 

Oh, by the way, in most if not all cases Jill has also “enjoyed” being the first “girl, female, woman” behind the wheel at events and tracks from Minnesota and Iowa to North Carolina and a few places in between. And today, five years later, when Jill shows up she’s just another driver capable of making the show and driving her way towards the front.

 

·        2006 - First woman driver to run the Deery Brothers, WDRL, World of Outlaws and Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model series events. In addition she was the first woman to enter the prestigious Knoxville Late Model Nationals running against most of the top national drivers including Tony Stewart and Ken Schrader.

·        2007 – First woman driver to qualify for a WDRL feature event; make the 24-car field for the Yankee Dirt Track Classic; 6th in season points at Farley; 7th in season points at Dubuque.

 

2007 also saw Jill selected out of 300 applicants to participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program held in South Boston, VA in October. As one of 24 drivers selected she underwent a series of interviews and interactive sessions designed to look at all the elements that usually make up today’s successful drivers from inner drive to personality and goals. And of course some “seat time” in a race car on pavement.

 

With little experience driving on a paved track showing, but lots of life experiences and successes as a person, Jill was asked to “ get some serious experience in 2008” and look at coming back to South Boston again in October, 2008.

 

·        2008 – Two major steps have been made to “get back to South Boston” in October.

o       Jill spent 7 days in late February-Early March working with Andy Hillenburg, former NASCAR and Indy driver and owner of the FASTRACK Racing School, at the 1-mile Rockingham oval and 1.5-mile Lowe’s Motor Speedway oval in testing and training sessions on track

o       Hartzell Racing has added a top flight ASA pavement Late Model to the present stable of two Dirt Late Models, under the direction of longtime Crew Chief Jeff “Wally” Lawless. Jill plans to run 12-15 ASA paved events.

o       The Dirt Late Model schedule includes 70+ events from Iowa to North Carolina   

 

2008 accomplishments-Jill George

·         Made the field for the Liberty 100   (first woman to do so)

·         Made the field for the Spec Motor Nationals  (first woman to do so)

·         Made a WDRL feature (West Union, IA) (first woman to do so)

·         Won the B Main at the Deery Series race at Des Moines, IA, and became the first woman ever to make a Deery Series feature

·         Finished 9th in points at Farley, IA (NASCAR)

·         Finished 7th in points at Dubuque, IA (NASCAR)

·         Made the field for the Yankee Dirt Track Classic for the 2nd time

2009

·         Became the first woman ever to race her way into a World of Outlaws Late Model Feature (Huron, SD)

·         Made the field for the Yankee Dirt Track Classic for the third time.  Sat on the pole for the fast dash at the Yankee

·         Made the field for the Liberty 100 for the 2nd time

·         Finished in top 10 in points at Farley and Dubuque, Iowa weekly tracks

·         Advanced to the B-Main at the Knoxville Late Model Nationals

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2010

·         Made ARCA series debut at Daytona, February, 2010, racing for James Hylton Racing.  (Same race as Danica Patrick’s debut)

·         Became first woman ever to follow a traveling series by following the World of Outlaws Late Model Series (12th in points, has made 23 of 37 features)

·         Became first woman to make an IMCA national event by winning a heat race and finishing 9th in the feature at the IMCA Boone SUpernationals

·         Tested at Talladaga Superspeedway for James Hylton Racing