His humour was not improved on the Sunday when all the teams got to use unused qualifying time as an opportunity for further practice in race trim - and Ganassi watched as Charlie Kimball ended up in the wall.
"It's really disappointing to go out today and crash the car," said Kimball. "Fortunately, the chassis is okay, and the guys have plenty of time and are well into fixing it already."
Now the challenge for Ganassi and his drivers is to regroup from the qualifying disappointment and see what they can achieve in the race itself. The practice sessions all last week suggested that in race trim and with the normal turbo boost settings (rather than the extra 50 horsepower all teams got for qualifying) the Ganassi cars may yet be on reasonably competitive footing with the Chevrolet cars ahead on the grid.
"I think in race trim we're okay," insisted Ganassi. "We're just a little challenged in qualifying."
"The car has been good all month, especially in race trim, agreed Kimball. "We still have a really good race car ... We'll go out and have a really good race next weekend."
As for Franchitti, there was no doubting just how much he wanted to overcome the disappointment of Pole Day and come out and win this year's Indy 500. If he were to succeed on Sunday then he'd join an elite club of only nine drivers to date to have won a hat-trick, of which only one - Helio Castroneves - is still active.
"Two is lovely; three would be just incredible," he said. "You have to want this one as much as you wanted the first one or else you're not going to get it. That's the plain and simple of it."
It would mean a lot to Franchitti to win this year's Indy 500 in particular and have the chance to pay homage to last year's champion, his great friend Dan Wheldon who tragically died in the accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the season climax on October. And another of Franchitti's and Wheldon's closest friends, Tony Kanaan, wouldn't be surprised if he managed it despite the lowly midfield starting position for the race.
"It doesn't matter what position the guy is in or how many points he has, he's always a threat to win," said Kanaan "He's one of the guys you have to beat here."